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Citizenship Resumption

Citizenship Resumption is for an individuals who was previously a Canadian citizen, other than a person whose citizenship was revoked, and who wishes to resume citizenship under subsection 11(1) of the Citizenship Act.

An individual who resumes Canadian citizenship is granted citizenship and is required to take the Oath of Citizenship.

Understanding Citizenship Resumption

Can I resume my citizenship?

You can resume citizenship if:

  • You have been a Canadian citizen

  • You have lost your Canadian citizenship by means other than revocation

  • Are not under a removal order

  • Have become a permanent resident of Canada after the loss of your Canadian citizenship

  • Do not have any unfulfilled immigration conditions linked to your permanent resident status

  • Have been physically present in Canada as a permanent resident for at least 365 days during  the 2 years immediately before you apply

  • Have met any applicable requirement under the Income Tax Act to file income taxes for the taxation year immediately before the year in which you are applying for citizenship

  • Are not subject to any prohibition under the Citizenship Act

Who cannot resume citizenship?

  • Individuals who have had their citizenship revoked under the Canadian Citizenship Act or under the current Act. They must apply under subsection 5(1)

  • Women who lost British subject status solely because of marriage to a foreign national, or by their husband acquiring a foreign nationality during their marriage, prior to 1947. These women may acquire citizenship under subsection 11(2) of the Act or may be citizens as a result of the 2015 legislative amendments (Bill C-24)

  • Persons whose citizenship was already restored as a result of the 2009 legislative amendments (Bill C-37).  They may apply for a proof of citizenship

To speak with a Canadian immigration lawyer about Citizenship Resumption book your consultation today.

The explanations and information provided herein are only general explanations, information and samples. You should not rely on this article as legal advice or as recommendations regarding what you should actually do. We recommend that you seek legal advice to help you understand and to assist you in the creation of your privacy policy.

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